Sep 10, 2021
New Math Book Rescues Landmark Topology Proof
One of the most important pieces of mathematical knowledge was on the verge of being lost, maybe forever. Now, a new book hopes to save it. The Disc Embedding Theorem rewrites a...
Jul 20, 2021
New Shape Opens Door Between Numbers and Geometry
The grandest project in mathematics has received a rare gift, in the form of a mammoth 350-page paper posted in February that will change the way researchers around the world...
Jun 25, 2021
How Math Might Complete Physics' Ultimate Theory
Nathan Seiberg, 64, still does a lot of the electrical work and even some of the plumbing around his house in Princeton, New Jersey. It’s an interest he developed as a kid...
Jun 11, 2021
Mystery at the Heart of Physics That Math Can Solve
Over the past century, quantum field theory has proved to be the single most sweeping and successful physical theory ever invented. It is an umbrella term that encompasses many...
Mar 24, 2021
Matrix Multiplication Inches Closer to Mythic Goal
For computer scientists and mathematicians, opinions about “exponent two” boil down to a sense of how the world should be. “It’s hard to distinguish...
Mar 9, 2021
Algorithm Breaks Speed Limit for Solving Linear Equations
Grade school math students are likely familiar with teachers admonishing them not to just guess the answer to a problem. But a new proof establishes that, in fact, the right kind of...
Mar 4, 2021
Imaginary Numbers May Be Essential for Describing Reality
Mathematicians were disturbed, centuries ago, to find that calculating the properties of certain curves demanded the seemingly impossible: numbers that, when multiplied by...
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